Amazon.com, Truck, John Jerome
Jerome goes into a good bit of detail of the parts and the various problems encountered. He provides simple but remarkably accurate and effective line drawings to help the reader understand a particular aspect of his rebuilding effort. He speaks of his lack of competency—a battle which I have fought all my life. How can I be so damned incompetent when it comes to working with my hands? The field of carpentry being a prime example. “Measure twice, cut once” so the old saw about sawing goes. Why is it that I measure 50 times and cut 10 times each time whittling away at too much material until I make the final fatal cut too short and always at some cockeyed angle rather than square? I have a repository of wood laying in the cellar with visibly crappy angles cut in them from various failed projects over the years. In mechanics, I am better, but too damned slow. So I can richly identify with his concerns on competency. For the most part I am a buffoon when it come to working with my hands. Unlike Jerome, however, I have made damn little money with writing. I sold a half dozen magazine articles and co-authored a really crappy book on computers back in the early days of Commodore PETs. I don’t believe that I made much more than $1,000 from my total writing efforts. Incompetent indeed!
In my image search for the cover of Truck, I found a really good review of the book:
Pif Magazine, Review of Truck, by Rachel Barenblat
By the way it should be noted that the ratty truck on the cover is not a 1950 Dodge, but rather (I am guessing) either a 56 or 57 Chevy or GMC. An older version of the book had a closer version of the real truck on the cover. Why the new cover with totally the wrong truck is a mystery, but it should be noted that curmudgeons such as myself do note such things and it counts against the publisher—although not the author who is in no position to protest unfortunately. (John Jerome died in 2002, truly a tragic loss of a great writer). You can’t just slap any picture of a shitty old truck on the cover of a book devoted to a 50 Dodge.
For some reason this is turning into a post about books on old trucks rather than a post on old trucks. Next book, Truck, A Love Story by Michael Perry. A small town Wisconsin volunteer fire fighter tells us of rebuilding an old International pickup. The story parallels his developing love for a woman. The romantic in me liked that. He also tells us that he has the hots for Irma Harding. It seems that International Harvester had a line of freezers and they invented Irma Harding as a Betty Crocker like cook to give one a bunch or recipes for that corn that you plowed with your IH Farmall tractor, planted and harvested with your IH implements, and froze in your IH freezer. With all this preponderance of corporate initials, I wonder why General Mills chose Betty Crocker rather than Gertrude Miller.
Amazon.com, Truck, A Love Story, Michael Perry
Again an image search for the cover revealed that Michael Perry is doing quite well. Here is his website’s ad for the book:
Sneezingcow.com, Truck, A Love Story
|Irma Harding's Initials|
If I had more money and was not so lazy I would consider owning two old trucks, any year of Dodge Power Wagons (the real ones made from 40’s to the 60’s that looked like military trucks—not the phony regular Dodge pickups with Power Wagon emblazoned on the hood) In fact if I won the lottery (not likely to happen due to the fact that winning the lottery requires the purchase of a ticket—an activity to which I remain a virgin), I would go buy this truck.
Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, Power Wagons
I love this truck, if I had the cash I would just keep offering more until the guy sold it to me. Everyone has their price. Alas no cash, so what the hell I keep a picture of it on my screen saver.
Another truck I love is a 56 Ford. Here is a lovely example (although I hate the fact that it has been lowered—which to me looks as dumb as it is impractical).
Advanced Connected Exporting.com, 56 Ford Restore
I do have enough cash to own a 56 Ford—the Hallmark ornament. It hangs on the Christmas tree every year. Hallmark needs to come out with a Power Wagon (the old kind).
And to my new follower, I see you like VW buses. So I have a story regarding such. When I was in college I worked in a gas station. A woman had a VW microbus and often stopped for gas in the morning while driving her lovely daughter to a private school. The daughter was always dressed in an austere private school uniform that left everything to the imagination. I had never seen this girl in anything but the VW microbus wearing her austere uniform and a rather austere look on her face. Then one day she came in driving a brand new Mustang convertible—a graduation present from her parents. She was wearing a low cut mini-dress, showing a lot of cleavage and a lot of leg—neither hard to look at. We had a rather pleasant chat for about 15 minutes and she had the most wonderful smile. I left for the Air Force two days later. Shit!
EDIT 3-27-11: Going back to the Jerome Post my follower left another comment, he is not only rebuilding an 1951 International, he has a blog here on Blogger about it:
1951 International L110 Project
Talk about synchronicity! My buddy's truck in California was a L110. I think it may have been a 53 or 54 but it looked almost identical to this one. Very cool.
EDIT 3-30-11: I found another article on the Power Wagon at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff that gives a nice history of the Power Wagon:
Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, 1957 Power Wagon Truck
Upon further reflection, had I been asked to create a name for International Harvester's mythical cook, I would chosen Ina Harvey, Betty Crocker would have been Genny Miller, and Phillis Berry would replace that stupid dough boy. This is probably why I don't work in advertising.
IH Logo: Tractor Home.com
Irma Harding: Sneezingcow.com
Other images, web sites listed near image.